[ kod-l ]
/ ˈkɒd l /

verb (used with object), cod·dled, cod·dling.

to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper: to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.

Origin of coddle

1590–1600; variant of caudle, v. use of caudle


Related forms

cod·dler, nounun·cod·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coddler

  • "It is a holiday, today," said Mr. Coddler; and a holiday it seemed to be.

    Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for coddler


/ (ˈkɒdəl) /

verb (tr)

to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point


Irish dialect stew made from ham and bacon scraps

Derived Forms

coddler, noun

Word Origin for coddle

C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to caudle
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